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By Ulf Hannerz

Inside a comparatively short while, city anthropology has emerged as probably the most very important fields of anthropology. in the course of its formative interval, even though, it has lacked highbrow coherence. Exploring the Cityis a daring first try and offer simply this type of coherent and unified theoretical realizing of urbanism. Hannerz attracts upon the city views of alternative disciplines besides, equivalent to historical past, sociology, and geography, to convey highbrow solidarity to the heritage and improvement of city anthropology.

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